Encounter Church invites the community to Food Truck Sunday

Encounter Church, located at 601 South Patton Road in Great Bend, hosted a Chamber Coffee Hour Thursday at the Life Coffee Shop.

Pastor Jake Newman invites the public to several upcoming events, including a final Sunday worship service led by Pastor Dwight Dozier, at 10:30 a.m. on November 12.

Newman has been at Encounter Church for nearly three years. On November 1, 2020, he began his work as a youth pastor. Andrea McKernan has assumed this position.

Friday, September 15 is Nerf and Nachos Night, from 6-8pm in the gym. Children in grades 1-6 and their parents must bring their own safety glasses. They can also bring their favorite Nerf gun and get ready for battle. Darts will be provided and the church will also have some Nerf guns.

Sunday, September 17 is Friends and Family Sunday. Church starts at 10:30 a.m. as usual and there will be free beer carts after the service.

The following Sunday, September 24, our Food Truck Sunday will kick off at 12:15 p.m.

There will be several food trucks: TK’s BBQ Wagon, Flatlanders Pizza, Lana’s Catering, MC’s Lemonade Stand, as well as the Encounter Youth & Kids Dessert Food Truck and homemade Mexican food from the Assembly of God Hispanic Church. There will also be inflatables and yard games.

“So, even if you go to church somewhere else, you’re welcome as soon as the church is out, just come here,” Newman said. “We’re going to have a great time. We love doing things like this — just getting together for fellowship. Our vision for the future is to do more things for the community to continue to reach out and help the Great Bend in any way we can. We’re not here just to be a meeting place or just a place for people to come And they sit and hang out. We’re not a social club. We’re a church and we need to help people who are suffering, and we want to help people who are hurting.

Coffee for a purpose

The church provided Seven Weeks Coffee. It is available at the café on Sunday mornings by the cup or in packets.

“It’s called ‘seven weeks’ because it’s when the fetus has an audible heartbeat and is the size of a coffee bean,” Newman said. Seven Weeks Coffee is a self-described “pro-life coffee movement.” Ten percent of the purchase price supports Moment of Grace Pregnancy Medical Clinic at Dream Center in Great Bend.

Reconstruction project

The church café opened in April as part of an ongoing upgrade to the facilities.

“We’ve been literally under construction since I got here the first day and walked in,” Newman said. Reverend Dozier told him, “There’s a sledgehammer in the back; go get it and start tearing down your office. We started with that end and have been working our way this way. The sanctuary is now carpeted. We’ve got new chairs that have replaced ours… Everything looks great; it’s done.” Carpeting the entire hallway and remodeling it. We are truly amazed at what God is doing here at Encounter Church. If you don’t have a church, I would like you to consider making Encounter Church your church.

Sunday services begin at 10:30 a.m., and Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. On Wednesdays, there is a free meal at 5:30 p.m., with discipleship programs, Wednesday night Bible studies, teen services and services for children all beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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